Wednesday, January 30, 2013

red rooms...

In honor of the upcoming Valentine's Day holiday, I thought I would share some great interiors decorated in the "color of love".   Red is not a typical color for a room.  Nevertheless, it can surely make a bold and dramatic statement in your home.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

a stroke of genius...

This past weekend, we made a trip to the Salvation Army and Goodwill stores not too far from our home.  I ended up buying some Christmas decorations and a couple of chairs for my next project.  I'll definitely share pictures of the chairs when they are done.  While there, I was happy to see people checking out a couple of ice boxes that were similar to the one we have in our guest room {here}.  It was nice to see other people like them too!

Anyway, my mom bought a pretty cool set of calligraphy brushes that were still in the wrapper.


A few years ago when she was visiting us in Los Angeles, she bought some calligraphy brushes and a stand in a small store in Chinatown.   Here they are standing in her home...


My mom is super creative and has a great eye for these types of things.  I attribute any bit of creativity I have to her.  I never would have thought to use these as a decoration.

Here are some other ways to use these as a decoration in your home.

Monday, January 28, 2013

cozy rooms...

Lately, we have had some gloomy weather here in Southern California.  I know I should not complain since we usually have great weather here.  However, as I discussed before {here}, I usually want to stay in and bum around the house on rainy days.  For those of you that feel the same way, here are some great spaces to hang out in on those rainy days...

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Friday, January 25, 2013

blue hydrangeas...

If you cannot tell yet, blue is my favorite color.  Therefore, it is not surprising that my favorite flowers are blue hydrangeas.  When my husband bought me some flowers last month, his obvious choice was a few stems of blue hydrangeas.


And when it came to picking out flowers for our wedding a few years ago, blue hydrangeas were an obvious choice for us. 

bouquets by Grass Roots

If I could put hydrangeas everywhere in and around my house, I would.  Unfortunately, they are fairly delicate (and costly) so I have fake ones in a couple places in my home for now.  For instance, I have some in a ceramic pitcher on the end table in our living room.


The fakes ones just don't compare though.  Here are some great spaces with the real deal...


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Thursday, January 24, 2013

four poster bed....

Last year, I bought the Edland four poster bed from Ikea for one of our guest bedrooms.  This is what the bed looked like on their website.


Not very exciting.  Well do not let this bed fool you.  Once it is set-up in a room, it is really cute and very versatile.  In fact, I like the bed so much that I switched it out with the bed that was in our master bedroom.  I have not gotten around to decorating or buying furniture for our master bedroom.  However, this bed and my Craigslist dresser {here} are a good start.  I can't wait to work on this room now.  I've been looking around for ideas and came across some great rooms with the Edland bed.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

quick vegas trip...

So last Monday, we were toying with the idea of going to Vegas for the weekend.  The idea came up mostly because of the long weekend but also because we were kind of itching to get out of town and do something different since we did not go anywhere for the holidays.  Towards the end of the week, we had convinced ourselves and set out for a quick trip.

Vegas is such a sensory overload sometimes that I forget to really look around at the hotels.  They really are beautiful and you can tell a lot of time, effort, and thought goes into every little detail.  Sometimes the little details get lost in all the lights and hustle and bustle.  Here are a few examples of things I passed and never noticed before...

Spanish tiles at the Bellagio buffet

close-up of the Spanish tiles at the Bellagio
lighting at Aria
mirror and glass cloche displays at Aria
bar stool at Aria
studded wall - Javier's private dining room at Aria

Inside Javier's private dining room
Casino floor at Aria

These last two are hard not to notice.  I just really like them so I had to add them in here =)

Lighted stairs at Gateway to Aria
Glass lighting at Bellagio
I also really liked the closet and bathroom doors in our room at the Mandalay Bay.  The TV in the bathroom was kind of cool too but we didn't use it.


Monday, January 21, 2013

before & after: ice box nightstand

I wanted to share another great thrift store find for our guest room.  For our guest bedroom, we opted to buy two twin beds instead of a queen bed.  We thought it gave us more sleeping arrangement options when we have multiple guests {as I discussed here}.  The beds are especially great when we have "non-couple" guests or my husband's friends stay at the house (guys tend to not want to share beds).

Buying the twin beds was one of our smarter furniture buying decisions.  However, it created a small problem in that the space between the beds was a little narrow for the traditional size nightstand.  When I came across this old ice box at the local Goodwill, I could not pass it up, especially for $20!  When I was at the store, I honestly did not even know it was an ice box.  I just liked the size and thought it was cool that it opened at the top and in the front.  It was not until I got home and "googled" the nameplate that I figured it out.  

Here is what the ice box looked like before.  



After removing the hardware, I sanded down the ice box and then applied a couple coats of Minwax Dark Walnut wood stain.  Once dry, I added a coat of polyurethane to protect the piece.  

To brighten up the hardware, I polished all the pieces with Brasso polish.  Our guest room has a nautical theme to it so I thought the hardware fit in nicely.  You can check out the nautical theme chair I reupholstered for this room {here}.



Here is a picture of the ice box in between the two beds.  As you can see, the ice box is the perfect size and even adds a little bit of extra storage space.  Later, I saw a few of these same ice boxes on eBay and Etsy from about $100 to $450 depending on how old they were.  Pretty crazy!  

This room is still a work in progress.  I promise to share more pictures once it is all ready!  

Friday, January 18, 2013

baby bird baby shower - part 2

To continue on from yesterday's post {here}, I wanted to share some more pictures from the baby shower I hosted this past weekend.  Here are a few more pictures of the food table...




The quality of this picture is not so great but it gives you an idea of some of the paper decorations in the living room.  To dress the windows up a little bit, I made a banner using scrapbook paper that I cut into triangles and strung on ribbon.  The white round paper decorations are from Party City.  


Here is a close-up of the banner.  I simply used a hole punch at the top of each triangle and strung the ribbon through the holes (4 holes per triangle).


For party favors, I made a candy bar in the color scheme of most of the decorations.  The candy bins and scoops are from Party City.  
I already had the three wooden frames hanging in the living room.  The pictures in them did not really match the theme of the baby shower so I made three signs for the candy bar in the color scheme of the rest of the decorations.


For the side table next to the couch, I added another birdcage and included a couple more pictures of the parents-to-be.  I bought the paper lantern wreath at Party City but thought there was too much space in between each lantern.  To add some more color to the garland, I cut onesies out of the rest of the scrapbook paper and pinned them onto the ribbon with some small blue clothespins I found at Party City.


Here is a close-up of the side table.  The three birds in the nest are from Michael's.  


Last but not least, I added some additional paper decorations to the fireplace.  I got the "Oh Boy" printables from Paging Supermom and just printed out an extra "boy" to change the term a little.  You can get the printables {here}.  All I had to do was print the templates out on some card stock and cut them out to size.  To tie into these decorations, I used the shape of these signs for the background of all the signs throughout the baby shower (for instance, the candy bar signs above).  This fireplace was my favorite decoration from the baby shower.  
fireplace decorations / banner